Courtroom Thrillers

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Order in the courtroom! Working within the legal system isn’t easy. Sometimes a case hits too close to home, and other times it spirals out of control. Legal-themed thrillers provide plenty of drama, plot twists, and suspense to keep you turning the pages.

Try one of the following titles, available from the JMRL catalog:

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore – In this historical thriller about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America, a young lawyer fresh out of Columbia Law School takes a case that seems impossible to win. His client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over who invented the light bulb.

A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow – After leaving her firm in Atlanta, African American attorney Adisa returns home where she takes on a case defending a police officer who shot an unarmed black teen, which forces both herself and her community to confront prejudices, justice, and forgiveness.

The Defense by Steve Cavanagh – Using skills gleaned from his past as a con man to pursue a legal career, Eddie Flynn turns his back on the legal system after a disastrous case only to be drawn back to the courtroom when the Russian mob in New York kidnaps his young daughter.

The Ex by Alafair Burke – Agreeing to defend her long-ago ex-fiancé when he is arrested for a triple homicide involving his wife’s murderer, a top criminal lawyer confronts formidable doubts in the face of mounting evidence.

Testimony by Scott Turow – Assigned to investigate the unsolved disappearance of an entire Gypsy refugee camp during the Bosnian War, a disillusioned American prosecutor navigates a host of suspects while uncovering disturbing alliances and betrayals.

Snap Judgement by Marcia Clark – When the daughter of a prominent lawyer is murdered and the prime suspect, the ex-boyfriend, dies under suspicious circumstances days later, attorney Samantha Brinkman investigates and discovers multiple motives for murder.

The Outsider by Anthony Franze – Intervening in a violent mugging and catching the eye of the chief justice of the U. S., a young law clerk becomes caught in the crosshairs of a serial killer in a fast-paced thriller set in the high-pressure world of the Supreme Court.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – When her reluctance to treat the newborn of a white supremacist couple results in the child’s death, a black nurse is placed on trial and is aided by a white public defender who urges her not to bring up race in the courtroom.

Books for Better Baking

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Whether you’re looking for some new recipes to spice up the holidays or just want to become a more efficient baker, the library has many different books to help you out. Try one of these baking cookbooks for insight and inspiration:

The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro by Erin Jeanne McDowell – A popular baking columnist for the online community Food52 explains how to master, innovate and personalize favorite baking recipes, including Apple Cider Pie and Strawberry Popovers, through the mastery of the principles behind how ingredients interact.

A New Way to Bake from the kitchens of Martha Stewart – A collection of classic recipes inspired by recent trends in healthier ingredients, from whole-grain and nut flours to alternate milks and sweeteners.

One Pan & Done: Hassle-Free Meals From the Oven to Your Table by Molly Gilbert – A follow-up to Sheet Pan Suppers shares 135 new recipes for single-pot meals, instructing busy home cooks on how to make creative variations of meat and vegetable dishes as well as a variety of treats.

BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks – A collection of recipes and variations that celebrates classic American desserts, covering everything from chocolate chip cookies and ice cream sodas to fudge brownies and blueberry muffins.

The Harvest Baker by Ken Haedrich – A collection of sweet and savory recipes that incorporate a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs into all types of baking features such options as muffins, scones, flatbreads, calzones, cookies, cakes, and pies.

Better Baking: Wholesome Ingredients, Delicious Desserts by Genevieve Ko – A seasoned baker offers secrets for making desserts that are healthy but put taste first, using flavorful whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and fruit and the right balance of butter, oil, and sugar.

The Everyday Baker: Recipes & Techniques for Foolproof Baking by Abigail Johnson Dodge – over 150 recipes, with step-by-step photographs, for the home baker, including donuts, scones, cookies, turnovers, pies, cakes, baguettes, croissants, and tarts, complemented by must-know tips and techniques.

Baking Chez Moi: Recipes From My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere by Dorie Greenspan – A collection of simple contemporary French dessert recipes, including Parisian macarons, bubble eclairs, fall-market galette, and apple tarte flambâee.

8 Books for Wine Lovers

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” The library can help you discover the perfect wine with its broad selection of books on wine history, tasting, and creating.

Here are a few titles that will make the perfect pairing with any glass:

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker – A professional journalist describes how she left her job to enter into the world of wine tasting, as well her attempts to understand wine culture and what makes people obsessed with this type of drink.

Wine. All the Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking by Marissa A. Ross – Written in her signature bawdy voice, and accompanied by personal anecdotes, a contributing editor at Bon Appetit helps readers to understand the ins and outs of wine culture.

Around the World in Eighty Wines by Michael Veseth – Inspired by Jules Verne’s classic adventure tale, Mike Veseth takes readers on a journey that will inspire, inform, and entertain anyone who loves travel, adventure, or wine.

Wine Bites by Barbara Scott-Goodman – An inspiring cookbook for those who entertain casually contains more than 60 recipes for simple, tasty snacks and includes suggestions for an accessible wine to pair with each.

Tasting Wine & Cheese by Adam Centamore – A guide to pairing wine and cheese explains how to properly taste the two, pair condiments, and broaden the appreciation of gourmet combinations.

From Vines to Wines by Jeff Cox – From planting vines to savoring the finished product, this guide covers every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeline Puckette – A hip, new guide to wine for the new generation of wine drinkers, from the sommelier creators of the award-winning site WineFolly.com.

Beyond Jefferson’s Vines by Richard G. Leahy – The complete story of wine in Virginia, from the Jamestown Settlement, to Thomas Jefferson and his vineyard at Monticello, to the thriving world-class wine industry of today.